September 21, 2023


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SCOWL’s KAT MOSS Addresses Accusations Of Being An “Business Plant”

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Scowl has been experiencing some fairly critical success over the previous yr, culminating of their efficiency with Taco Bell over the weekend. And with that success comes folks accusing Scowl of being trade vegetation, as a result of clearly any band that works arduous is clearly a faux.

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In a prolonged assertion, Scowl vocalist Kat Moss outlined why the accusations are bullshit, why she feels bands fronted by males typically escape these accusations, and why her life can be means simpler if Scowl was truly an trade plant (which is fairly humorous).

“I’m sick of listening to the phrase ‘trade plant’ each single time Scowl experiences success.

“Our associates bands – bands generally stuffed with males, will signal model offers, have a track in a business, get a co-sign from massively profitable musicians, and many others… but I by no means learn whisperings of whether or not or not they deserve these successes, whether or not or not they’re legitimate sufficient, GOOD sufficient, or labored arduous sufficient to be deserving of that success. Is our success by no means legitimate sufficient for you? Why is that this competitors created between us and our group, particularly femme-bodied people? A contest I by no means participated in, a patriarchal competitors I problem by questioning my ideas, actions and insecurities each single day. The message I obtain is that I’m not granted impartial success as a girl. Am I by no means grateful sufficient? Laborious working sufficient? Assured sufficient?

“I am grateful to be part of a group we’ve ALWAYS contributed to lifting. By the way in which, it is not that onerous to do … in the event you imagine in your self and your folks you’ve got carried out half the work! When you imagine in your scene stroll by way of that door, purchase that t-shirt, and possibly even collect up the arrogance to make a brand new pal or dance alongside to your favourite track you might be CONTRIBUTING to one thing larger than your self.

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“Beginning a band was the very best determination I ever made. It saved my life in some ways and it helped me discover confidence in myself that I by no means believed that I previously had. I’m fortunately a part of a scene crammed with lovely, clever, distinctive and provoking folks. A scene that would have by no means blossomed with out each single particular person.

“Is it so arduous to imagine {that a} woman-led band is usually a hardworking and natural success? Is it so difficult to understand a girl’s success that you need to create a fantasy that the music trade had a hand in it? An especially male dominated music trade by the way in which….

“That being stated:

“My life and bandmate’s lives can be SO MUCH EASIER if we had trade backing! I garnered the little confidence I had not with out the emotional assist of my associates and my scene in Could 2019 to play Scowl‘s first present. My life has modified a lot since that day, however it could’ve by no means been potential with out my associates within the Bay Arean / Santa Cruz hardcore scene. The ladies/femme/trans people who I’ve embraced all around the globe which have all the time had my again and noticed me for my real self. These people will all the time come first to me.

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Scowl has labored tirelessly to be within the place we’re in. We now have practiced late into the evening, day after day. We now have relentlessly toured. Final yr I had bronchitis for months on tour, I’ve blown my voice out a handful of instances, we’ve skilled exhaustive bodily harm, blah, blah and solely dropped ONE SHOW as a consequence of these circumstances the previous two years. Not even counting the despair, anxiousness, grief and different normal human sufferings experiences thousand of miles away from house. Slept on numerous flooring, gone hungry for a bit of too lengthy, been within the negatives on my financial institution statements, and many others. Is that punk sufficient for you? We do that as a result of we LOVE IT. As a result of it makes us happier than the rest. I’ve the privilege to play music for a dwelling! In fact, I am gonna chase my goals!

“Essentially the most invaluable lesson I realized from hardcore is that you probably have one thing to say, scream it right into a microphone.

“I’d be nowhere with out the numerous BIPOC/trans/feminine gender nonconforming people that I’ve shared the stage with and have had significant conversations & relationships with. I am so grateful to music for giving me the chance to type these connections. You will have all collectively impressed me to by no means ever hand over! Whether or not we discuss on a regular basis or have had a brief swift encounter, who you might be and I LOVE YOU!

“You remind me that I am by no means alone!”

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